Simeon took him in his arms ...

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” -Luke 2:28-35 NLT

Another actor in this divine story now appears as Mary and Joseph takes Jesus to Jerusalem to be consecrated in the temple some forty days after he was born. Simeon is overwhelmed as he embraces the baby Jesus and understands that he is holding the Messiah. His prophetic words speak to the mission of this baby king to save us and radiate the glory of God. Interesting how yet another person has given confirmation and courage to the young parents.

I wonder what was going on in Mary's heart and mind as Simeon prophesies about the impact that her son will have on her fellow Israelis? Did she consider them as her son matured, confronted religious authorities and healed so many hurting people? And what did she make of "a sword will pierce your own soul"? I wonder if she looked back on those words as she watched her son carry his cross? It reminds me of how Jesus still reveals the thoughts of our hearts.

Open our eyes Lord that we might see your salvation. Please shine that light of revelation on our hearts today.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Bob, I got goose bumps as I read the recount of this episode in Mary's life. I'm not sure what I'm going to do as my personal Bible study for the new year... Any ideas?


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